The 50th annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston brought together innovators seeking to push the boundaries of offshore oil and gas exploration. As a corporate sponsor, Saudi Aramco contributed in many ways by sharing technical advances and breakthrough research and development addressing the industry’s most pressing challenges.
Representatives from Saudi Aramco and its U.S. subsidiary, Aramco Services Company (ASC), presented papers during the OTC Technical Program. Topics included material advancement, cost-effective chemical solutions for sustainable production, and nanotechnology innovations for offshore drilling.
Researchers from the Aramco Research Center-Houston offered a look at advances in production technology, detailing projects and initiatives at the exhibition booth that captured the attention of attendees and reinforced the company’s leadership reputation in Upstream exploration and production.
“Having our research featured within the technical program was rewarding and illustrated the progress we have made at the Houston Center,” said Ashraf AlTahini, ASC R&D director.
Outside of Saudi Arabia, Houston is home to Aramco’s largest R&D facility focused on Upstream. Some of the fast-track technology and research advances made with colleagues in Dhahran and throughout Aramco’s global R&D network are now deployed, or in field trials, in Saudi Arabia.
The conference, one of the world’s largest energy expositions, has come a long way since its inception in 1969 when 2,797 people participated. This year’s theme “Going the Distance” illustrated resilience and adaptability as deep-water offshore looks toward recovery with new field development and long-awaited projects authorized in the Gulf of Mexico.